How Distribution Systems Work – Electrical Part II
Voltage drop, flicker, harmonics
Design Considerations - What is That?
Poles, crossarms, conductors, equipment
Primary and secondary materials
Nuts, bolts, washers, and more
Pole top assemblies
Horizontal and vertical configurations
Alternate construction configurations
Guy attachments, guy wire, anchors
What they are - how they work
Special electrical equipment
Regulators, auto transformers, capacitors, metering
Design Considerations - Why is it Built That Way?
Codes and regulations
National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
Other regulatory agencies
Mechanical and electrical
Conductor sag, tension, clearance
Utility and industry standards
Line crew considerations
Stronger or more resilient?
Design Considerations – Why Are Those Lines Where They Are?
Load flow and power quality
Line and equipment loading
Projecting future new loads
Modeling the future system
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
Operating Considerations – What Does it Take to Keep the Lights On?
What line faults are
Devices used to handle fault conditions
System protection schemes
Public perceptions and pressures
Reliability - What are Utilities Doing?
Switching and protective devices
Automated switching and reconfigurations
Automated outage reporting
Modernizing the System - Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?
Energy sector R&D
Safety - Saving the Most Important Topic for Last
Wes Spencer, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Wes is a Senior Project Engineer for POWER Engineers, St. Petersburg, FL and holds a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.
Wes has over 40 years of experience with distribution systems including over 20 years with a Florida utility, private consulting, and working with POWER Engineers. He has developed standards, taught distribution design, directed line crews, and led multiple complex design projects. He has served in leadership positions on numerous technical committees. He is currently technical lead for major distribution projects with POWER Engineers.
Rod Ratcliff PE, Consultant, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Rod is a Project Engineer for POWER Engineers, Fort Worth, TX and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
During his 10 year career as a consultant in the Power Systems Utility industry Rod has served in a wide variety of power systems engineering design fields including: Low Voltage Electrical System Design, Arc Flash Studies, Substation Design and Ground Testing, Transmission Line Design, Transmission Line SCADA Control and Metering, Overhead and Underground Distribution Line Design, Distribution System Studies and Planning, as well as Reports and Studies for Need, Placement, and Planning of New Substations and New Transmission Lines as required by the Public Utility Commission(PUC). Presently, Rod works in the field of Distribution Design and is also involved in corporate internal training.
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